We also include budget-friendly, portable, and small-space options.
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The purpose of a dehumidifier is to remove excess humidity from the air, keeping your room dry and helping prevent mold and mildew growth.
You might need a dehumidifier if:
Your room feels stuffy and humid
You see mold and mildew, and the area smells musty
There are wet spots or condensation on the windows and walls
You or your fellow inhabitants experience upper respiratory problems like sneezing and coughing
You can also use a hygrometer to directly measure humidity levels in your house. “We recommend keeping the relative humidity in your home between 30-50%. High humidity can increase ground-ozone levels, dust mites, and mold – all of which can be allergy or asthma trigger[s],” said Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
We found the best dehumidifiers for rooms of various sizes and different needs. See the FAQs section for information on how to shop for a dehumidifier, how to clean your unit, and more.
Using their insights, along with our own research and knowledge of the space, we picked a few dehumidifier options per category. Down the line, we plan to personally test these dehumidifiers to choose one best pick per category.
The best dehumidifiers overall
Our best dehumidifiers are quiet, efficient, Energy-Star certified, and look sleek rather than clunky.
High-Efficiency 50-Pint Dehumidifier with Built-In Pump (medium)Dehumidifier (medium)TP50WK Dehumidifier (30-pint) (medium)
The best dehumidifiers for small spaces
Whether you have a closet or small bathroom that smells musty, small dehumidifiers can efficiently remove moisture from the air without taking up too much space.
Small Dehumidifier (medium)Compact Dehumidifier (medium)
The best dehumidifiers for large spaces
Large basements and living rooms will benefit from the following dehumidifiers. Large dehumidifiers also often have the perk of more advanced features like custom settings or auto-shutoff.
70-Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier (medium)70-Pint Dehumidifier (medium)
The best portable dehumidifiers
“For smaller spaces or rental units, I recommend including portable dehumidifiers to keep the space feeling fresh,” said a spokesperson for The Home Depot. Portable dehumidifiers are also great for small closets, cabinets, traveling, and gym bags.
Wireless Mini Dehumidifier (medium)Mini Dehumidifier (medium)
Why do you need a dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier helps maintain the optimal level of humidity in your room so it’s not too humid. It reduces the growth and incidence of mold, mildew, and dust mites.
Dehumidifier vs. humidifier: what’s the difference and which do you need?
A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, while a humidifier adds moisture to the air.
If your room feels stuffy and you see condensation or mold, you need a dehumidifier. It’s commonly used in bathrooms, basements, closets, boats, and RVs, but you can use it anywhere else in the house, too.
Dampness level: Dehumidifiers come in different sizes depending on how much moisture they can remove in 24 hours. Here’s what size to buy based on how humid your room is:
Musty aroma in the area during humid weather
25-39 pint capacity
Small (closets, small bathrooms)
Always damp in the area regardless of season
40-59 pint capacity
Medium (bedrooms, small basements, large closets)
Visible condensation on ceilings and walls
60+ pint capacity
Large (large basements)
How the unit removes moisture: It will either have a built-in pump or a direct drain. “A dehumidifier with a built-in pump allows you to run the drain hose up to a window, sink or elevated drain. A unit with a direct drain will funnel the water directly into a sink or basement drain,” said a spokesperson from The Home Depot.
Energy performance: To get maximum efficiency out of a unit, look for those that are Energy Star-certified.
Automatic or useful features: Look for a unit with an adjustable humidistat, which will automatically turn your unit on and off to maintain the preset humidity level. Other useful features, according to The Home Depot, include:
Automatic shutoff: Turns your unit off once the tank is full
Digital display: Shows the relative humidity level and other settings
Filter sensor/indicator: Tells you when it’s time to replace the filter
Programmable timer: Lets you run the unit only at certain times of the day
Auto-defrost: Keeps your unit from freezing in cold temperatures
It’s also worth pointing out that many AC units have built-in dehumidifiers. If your AC unit is in your desired room, check first to see if it has a dehumidifier and whether it works well. We tested the best air conditioners here.
How does a dehumidifier work?
A dehumidifier works by blowing moist air over coolant-filled coils, causing the moisture to condense into water droplets. The condensation then drips from the coils into a receptacle. The collected water is directly drained out or pumped into another area like a sink, depending on the unit you have.
Is a dehumidifier good for your skin?
“Dehumidifiers decrease the incidence of dry skin,” said Jeanine Downie, MD, FAAD, Director of Image Dermatology PC. They also reduce irritation due to allergens like dust mites and mold. If your dehumidifier removes too much humidity from the air, however, it may dry out your skin.
“It’s important to note that if the humidity starts to drop below 30% it can have a negative impact on health, including drying out of the eyes and mucous membranes,” said McKeon. “Very dry air can also result in dry skin, worsening of eczema, and irritation of the airways.” You should continue to monitor humidity levels and how your skin feels as you use your dehumidifier.
How do you clean a dehumidifier?
There are two parts to focus your attention on: the air filter and the tank. Clean the air filter under your faucet often (once a week). Wipe down and dry out the tank after every use to reduce mold and mildew growth within your dehumidifier.
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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is set for June 21 and 22, and Amazon is offering two different deals to help you stack up on store credit before the annual shopping event arrives.
The first is a $10 promotional credit to Prime members who purchase a $40 Amazon gift card using the promo code GIFTFORPD21. This will only work on Prime Day egift cards and physical gift cards given in the Prime mini-envelope tin, and the deal can only be redeemed once.
The $10 credit will be added to your account two days after your qualifying gift card purchase. The deal ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on June 20.
Additionally, all Amazon Prime members who spend $10 or more on products from small businesses between June 7 and 20 will receive a $10 credit to use during Prime Day 2021. You can visit Amazon to see a full list with thousands of eligible small businesses and products to support.
Other ways to get Amazon store credit to use on Prime Day
Last year’s Prime Day had a few extra offers to help you get more store credit, so we’ll be keeping an eye out to see if there are any additional credit deals on the way.
For now, you can sign up for an Amazon Store Card to receive more credit before the sales event begins. Shoppers who sign up and get approved receive a gift card of $50 or $150.
If you have an Amazon Prime Store Card, you can also earn 5% back on your Amazon.com purchases. Each month, your points can be redeemed as a statement credit or used to buy millions of items on Amazon. There’s no annual fee, either.
Have more Prime Day questions? We’ve got answers in this list of FAQs:
Prime Day deals are only available to Amazon Prime members. Prime offers Amazon shoppers free two-day shipping, on-demand streaming video, and a bunch of other shopping perks like early access to limited-time deals.
Prime costs $13 a month or $120 per year; new subscribers can sign-up for a 30-trial.
Prime Video Channels bring extra content to your existing Prime Video membership from many popular networks and services, including premium platforms like HBO and Showtime. Live TV channels are even included in some instances.
Below, we’ve broken everything you need to know about Prime Video Channels, including prices, popular services, free options, and more.
What are Amazon Prime Video Channels?
Prime Video Channels are monthly subscriptions that you can add to your Amazon Prime or Prime Video membership. For an extra monthly fee, you’ll get access to content from premium third-party networks and other streaming entertainment channels without leaving your Prime Video account.
Some subscriptions also offer a “Watch Live” feature, which gives you the option to live-stream programming on supported devices at the same time that it’s being broadcast on TV.
To add Prime Video channels you first need a Prime Video membership. Prime Video alone costs $9 a month. If you want all the perks of an Amazon Prime membership, such as free shipping on tons of items, you can get a full Amazon Prime subscription for $13 a month or $119 a year. All Amazon Prime memberships include access to Prime Video.
It depends on which channels you’re choosing to subscribe to. You won’t be paying for channels you don’t use or want, and you can cancel at any time. Major channels will cost about $6 to $15 a month on top of your existing Prime membership. You can also test many channel subscriptions with a seven-day trial before committing.
In terms of comparative pricing, Prime Video Channel prices are the same as what you’d find when subscribing directly to each standalone service. But, Prime Channels offers Prime members the added perk of keeping all your subscriptions housed in one platform.
Are there free channels?
Although most channels on Prime Video have a monthly cost, Prime Video includes the ad-supported IMDb TV channel for access to a number of shows and movies for free. The channel has a variety of content, including throwback movies like “Bring It On” and “The Karate Kid,” and binge-worthy series such as “Lost” and “Mad Men.”
The channel also has original videos, like “The IMDb Show,” so you can discover more about popular movies. Since it’s free, however, IMDb TV includes commercial breaks.
What are the TV shows and movies you can watch?
Each channel features a host of programs, but the selection varies depending on the service. Here are a few of the most popular shows and movies you can stream on Prime Video Channels and where to find them:
HBO Max: “Euphoria,” “Mare of Easttown,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “Game of Thrones”
Starz: “The Girlfriend Experience,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” “Power Book II: Ghost”
Showtime: “City on a Hill,” “Billions,” “Your Honor,” “Shameless”
Paramount Plus: “Why Women Kill,” “For Heaven’s Sake,” “The Real World Homecoming: New York,” “Star Trek: Discovery”
You may find that some TV shows have earlier seasons available to all Prime Video members, and later seasons behind the Prime Video Channel paywall.
A blender is an essential tool for most kitchens, whether for the occasional smoothie or daily use.
We tested 11, and the user-friendly, high-powered Vitamix 5200 is our favorite.
It blends everything from smoothies to nut butter faster and more consistently than the rest.
Whether you’re a daily smoothie drinker or you tend to use your blender for everything from soups and purees to nut flours and butters, the right blender makes the process of blending, preparing, and cleaning remarkably more seamless.
Your main considerations with a blender are power, functions, and size. Most blenders can handle making a basic smoothie well (and quickly) enough, but when it comes to pureeing, or preparing any number of ingredients for baking, or making nut butter, a little guidance in the way of programming can be an immense help. That’s not to say that you can’t make just about anything in a reasonably well-built and powerful blender – all of the blenders we tested did everything we asked them to with enough coaxing – but the right one for your needs will make it all the easier.
During our tests, we made everything from frozen berry smoothies and kale smoothies to nut flour and butter, and also timed how long it took for each blender to grind up eight ounces of ice cubes into a uniform shave-ice-like consistency.
We also consulted multiple experts, who told us not to overlook how easy a blender is to clean – a factor worth considering when it comes to any expensive, hard-to-wash kitchen appliance. You can read more about our methodology below.
We consulted Erika Wong, PureFish’s in-house registered dietitian and nutritionist, who also worked as a counselor at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her biggest concerns when choosing a blender are power (her favorite blender carries 1,380 watts), speed (at least a handful of speed settings beyond “high” and “low”), and simplicity. Too many buttons or settings corresponding to specific foods can become confusing, especially when you vary ingredient amounts. “Simplicity is key, and the control panel needs to be easy to use.”
With all of that in mind, here’s how I evaluated each of the 11 blenders I tested:
Ice: The blenders we ended up recommending were all able to evenly reduce ice cubes into shaved ice in under 10 seconds. Along with the almond flour and almond butter tests (more on those below), the ice test really set the fast, powerful machines apart from their slower, slightly rougher competitors.
Frozen strawberries: We put six ounces of frozen strawberries in each blender and set them to high in order to see how fast they turned the fruit into mush. The more powerful blenders achieved the task within about 10 seconds. The weaker ones, as well as those with a wider jar design, struggled to finish the job, leaving stray larger pieces to the side or in many cases lacerating but not separating the frozen berries.
Strawberry-banana smoothies: We made strawberry-banana smoothies using frozen strawberries and fresh bananas because of the difference in texture (and also this particular flavor combo’s popularity). Across the board, we ran into almost no issues with all of the blenders we tested. The only real difference was the time it took, which corresponded almost perfectly with increments of price. Still, it came down to about 10 to 15 seconds. Kale smoothies: Because kale is relatively light and airy (we used curly kale), it did prove a little trickier for blenders that didn’t make a narrow vortex like the Vitamix 5200 and the Cleanblend 3HP, and the blenders with wider pitchers almost invariably required the use of a tamper. This wasn’t a big deal, but it might be a consideration for some.
Almond flour: While our budget and smoothie-only recommendations didn’t quite manage an even flour (there were chunks of almond still left behind while the flour at the bottom was beginning to turn into butter), our top recommendation performed the task flawlessly.
Almond butter: Almond butter was by far the most demanding test of them all. While we’re confident that with practice and more intimate acquaintance with each blender we could pull it off with any of them, it was a real chore with most, and several didn’t make it past the flour stage on the way to almond butter. Again, the wider jars performed the most poorly, as did the lower-powered blenders. In every case save for the Vitamix 5200, we still had whole or nearly whole almonds lingering amongst the flour while at the bottom, the flour was turning to butter.
Settings: While we tried to work with presets on those machines that had them available, they’re only useful if the set portions make sense for your needs — most of us don’t really want to make 32 ounces of nut butter at once, for example.
Wattage: We found that at the lowest end of the blenders we tested, 600 watts was still plenty of power to achieve a uniform smoothie. Similarly, while our budget pick packs 1800 watts, our overall pick carries only 1,500 watts, but runs much more smoothly and processes much more quickly. Wattage doesn’t always dictate how a blender will perform.
Cleanup: We stated this above as well, but again: Don’t underestimate the value of an easy cleanup. Some blenders had a lot of hard-to-reach spots that even a dishwasher might not always effectively hit. Others were downright perilous to clean, and we have the scars to prove it. All of our recommendations above took these considerations into account.
The best blender overall
The Vitamix 5200 is an easy-to-use, easy-to-clean blender with the power and speed variation to handle any task.
Pros: Simple but sufficient controls, powerful enough for any task, the best pitcher shape of any blender we tried
Cons: Tall, doesn’t easily fit in or under many cabinets
The Vitamix 5200 is possibly Vitamix’s most popular blender, and we think it’s the best blender out there, period. It has the power to tackle any task within reason, it accelerates and decelerates as smoothly as a finely-tuned sports car, and the design of the jar minimizes splatter.
Out of all of the blenders we tested, none performed so quickly or consistently. Through every test we ran, the 5200 came out shining, and it was the only blender to produce both almond flour and butter without any assistance (we didn’t even need to use the included tamper).
Rather than getting stuck in the corners and sides of the blending jar — as we found to be the case with other blenders, — the pile of almonds automatically and neatly folded back onto itself as it was ground first into flour and eventually butter. While there are plenty of blenders out there with a dizzying list of presets, we found this simplistic design — with nothing more than a power dial, on/off switch, and a high-power switch (which functions like the 5200‘s overdrive mode) — the easiest to operate and adjust.
Cleaning this blender was relatively easy. There are no tough-to-reach grooves or gasket channels and the blade is simple enough to work around (though it’s best to remove it for proper cleaning).
As a further vote of confidence, we went around Brooklyn noting which blenders smoothie stands were using, and this one was by far the most popular.
Now, there’s no way of getting around that this blender costs half a grand, but it will likely last you well over a decade. If spending this kind of money on a blender is out of the question, we have perfectly capable recommendations below for less than half the price.
Cons: Not as smooth as others, bottom can’t be unscrewed for cleaning (voids warranty)
The Cleanblend 3HP Commercial Blender is a surprisingly powerful machine for its size and price. It can take on any basic task with absolute ease, and while making nut butter and almond flour is a bit of chore, it will get the job done.
We found that we needed more than the included tamping tool to scrape the butter-in-the-making off the sides multiple times before we got anywhere near the final product, and ended up having to turn the machine off and use a spatula to do so.
I’ve been testing this blender for two years and while it doesn’t operate as smoothly as some pricier options, it has no trouble reducing ice cubes to uniform shave ice in almost as little time as the Vitamix 5200, and I’ve easily made 100 smoothies and blended drinks without any issues.
Cleaning, as with the Vitamix 5200, is about as easy as it gets for a blender. The shape of the jar and the positioning of the blades doesn’t leave much in the way of hard-to-reach spaces, there are no strangely-placed gaskets, and the lid and lid cap are easy enough to take apart and clean.
The only downside is that you can’t unscrew the bottom to give that region a thorough wash. Still, in two years of testing, we haven’t noticed any alarming signs (such as mold) that would suggest anything is getting trapped in the bottom.
If you want something close to the Vitamix 5200 but just can’t reason spending so much on a blender, the Cleanblend is a great alternative and almost identical in design. Nut butter and almond flour aside, it works and cleans almost every bit as well for less than half the price.
Best budget blender
If all you’re making is the odd smoothie, the Kitchenaid K150‘s timeless design will more than suffice.
Pros: Simple single dial, easy to clean and operate
Cons: Not very good for making almond flour or nut butter, relatively low power
If you’re the type of person who only makes smoothies or frozen cocktails from time to time, you probably don’t need a state-of-the-art blender. But you still want something that will last. We should note up top that the Kitchenaid K150 is half the price of our budget pick, but that’s because we didn’t find it particularly effective if you need something that can perform a wide array of tasks outside of smoothies, soups, and purees.
When it came to making nut butters and flour, we were unable to produce either. But that’s okay; if you’re not getting too ambitious with what you blend, the Kitchenaid K150 is all you need. It has a no-fuss design with one control knob and three settings, plus a pulse setting for crushing ice.
Speaking of ice, when we were comparing blenders, one of the most telling tests was how quickly and evenly they could reduce eight ounces of ice cubes into shaved ice. This one wasn’t the fastest, but we still got the results we were looking for within about 10 seconds. We then followed with strawberry-banana and kale smoothies using ice as well. Again, it wasn’t the fastest, but within 30 seconds every time, we had perfectly thick smoothies with no inconsistencies, chunks of fruit, stalks, or leaves. Frankly, we couldn’t differentiate smoothies that came from this blender from what came from our top pick (more than four times the price).
We also like that the K150 is extremely lightweight, easy to store, and doesn’t take up much counter space. And, if you’re after the classic Kitchenaid aesthetic but want a slightly beefed-up blender, look at the larger K400, which packs 1,200 watts, five dial settings, and four presets.
What else we tested
What else we recommend and why:
Breville Super Q: Despite being a large, heavy blender with lots of buttons, this is a truly powerful appliance that runs every bit as smoothly as our top pick, but it wasn’t as convenient to clean or store (or move). If you have your eyes set on stainless steel appliances, this is a great one.
Kitchenaid K400: This model worked only marginally better than the K150, and while it holds its aesthetic, we think spending just a bit more to get the Cleanblend 3HP, our budget pick, is the wiser move. That said, if you like the looks of it (it’s our favorite blender to look at) and only ever make smoothies or frozen drinks, it won’t do you wrong.
Ninja Chef: This is Ninja’s older model, which we like better than the Foodi. As far as electronics go, this one is highly intuitive, with a dial and recommended settings that light up. As was the problem with any of the more advanced blenders we tested, the recipe settings are calibrated to produce certain amounts, which may not fit with your needs.
Vitamix 750 Professional Series: This is similar to the Vitamix 5200 in almost every way, except it’s slightly less powerful, and the jar is shorter and wider. We found the jar shape of the 5200 to be the best, and highly recommend it over any other Vitamix, unless you are preparing for larger households or parties.
What we don’t recommend and why:
Cuisinart Hurricane Pro/CBT-2000: Perfectly sufficient for making smoothies, the jar for this model was too wide for other applications, and we found bits of food tended to clump together around the edges and evade the blades.
Ninja Foodi: While this machine is affordable and offers an impressive interface, we found the basin of the jar too large for the blades, and we also found out the hard way that the blades are not affixed to the jar, so when you pour something out, the blade comes with it. We think that by and large, this needs to be addressed by the manufacturer. That aside, it obliterated ice with the best of the blenders we tested.
Vitamix A3300: This is clearly a very powerful machine, but the electronics on it were puzzling, and while we’re aware of the initial error in our ways when first loading it (not enough liquid), we received a series of error messages with no option to resolve, even after turning it on and off again. This is far too complex for most people who just want to turn a blender on and get on with their food or drink preparation.
Oster Versa: This is a heavy-duty piece of machinery, and it’s priced competitively. We just found that it didn’t blend particularly well due to the shape of the jar. If you have short storage space either in or under your cabinets, though, this one is much squatter than most other models.
What we’re testing next
Calphalon Auto-Speed Blender($159.99): We’ve recommended this blender in the past, but haven’t tried it side by side with our new top picks. We’ll look to retest it soon, as it’s competitively priced and powerful enough to contend for our budget recommendation.
Nutribullet Full Size Blender($99.99): This is a powerful blender for the price, and also might contend for a budget pick. We’ll plan to try it as soon as we can and report back.
Oster Blend Active Portable Blender ($29.99): We’re looking to recommend a portable, personal-sized blender as soon as we’ve tested enough available options, and will update our guide accordingly. This is currently at the top of our list, and we have already used it for smoothies, which it blended perfectly well.
What’s the difference between a blender and a food processor?
Blenders and food processors have some overlap, but blenders are better for things like smoothies, thinner purees, and whipping fresh fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens into an even consistency.
Since a food processor isn’t designed to create a vortex to suck everything in toward the blades the way that a blender is, it’s better for thicker sauces and purees, like hummus. It’s also better for things that might require fine knifework, like chopping onions or grating parmesan.
In the end, if you spend a lot of time prepping in the kitchen, you may want both, but while a blender isn’t always the best option, a good one like our top recommendation can get the job done well enough, especially with a little practice.
What’s the best way to clean a blender?
If you have a dishwasher and your blender is dishwasher-safe, the best way to clean it with confidence is to disassemble the entire jar as much as possible, taking care to separate the bottom cap and blades, where a lot of bacteria can hide out. This is also true if you’re only washing by hand, although removing and cleaning those parts is a fussier process.
The best blenders allow for easy and safe removal of the blades, some. If your blender’s blades don’t come out, your best bet is to soak it in lots of hot, soapy water, and use a coarse brush with a long handle so that you can safely and efficiently scrub at and around the blades.
Worn by men the world over, from James Dean to Jay-Z, the leather jacket is the go-to piece of outerwear for when a man wants to look cool and confident. Hard-wearing by nature, the leather jacket was originally crafted for outdoorsmen and later adopted by motorcyclists for its ability to protect against road rash. From there, it slipped into the mainstream, permeating modern style and culture.
The best men’s leather jackets come in a few main styles: the biker, the bomber, the racer, the flight, and the field. Defined by shape, cut, zipper placement, lining, and collar, each iteration of the leather jacket offers a unique take on this wide-ranging style staple. Whichever option you prefer, let our list of best men’s leather jackets inspire you with a variety of cuts and colors in a range of price points.
Our picks are all true leather, which means their price tags are slightly higher than their faux counterparts. That also means that, with proper care, they will last for years. We explain proper leather care later on in this guide. But first, here are the best men’s leather jackets you can buy.
As the name declares, this Topman has a total biker vibe, with its classic styling and standard fit. Built from supple leather, this jacket doesn’t require any breaking in. Dual front zipper-pockets are balanced with extra wide, button-snap lapels.
The jacket’s main highlight, however, is its off-center front zipper closure. The zipper itself extends upward through the edge of the lapel, meaning when zipped-up, the jacket displays an attractive asymmetrical design that’s both striking and strident. Another bonus, this jacket comes in at $250, one of the most approachable prices on this list.
Modeled off World War I pilot jackets designed to keep the chill out while flying in open cockpits, this jacket’s shearling removable collar also does its job on the ground, making the Spirit II a sturdy winter option. For even more warmth, the interior features a full lining and the hem and cuffs are ribbed knit, sealing out the wind and weather.
Crafted from sheep nappa leather for a slightly dappled texture, the jacket provides plenty of pockets to keep your hands free. Two front button-flap pockets are complemented by an upper arm zip pocket so you can stash your wallet or some extra cash. The jacket has a roomier-than-normal fit, so feel free to pair with a chunky wool sweater. And, because it comes from Orvis, it’s backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
The simplest and most streamlined of all the jackets on this list, the AllSaints Swithin Leather Jacket can be worn with almost any outfit. Flat black with a wavy, almost dappled texture, the jacket’s beauty lies in its simplicity. Using silver vertical zippers for the front closure and breast pocket, the jacket looks just as good when worn closed as when worn open — not something you can say with most biker jackets.
Handwarmer pockets are visually hidden and don’t impede the minimalist appearance, while an interior lined in polyester keeps the jacket light. This is an option best for spring days and summer nights.
Combining the length and pockets of a field jacket with the diamond-quilted shoulder and elbow patches and buckle throat latch of a moto jacket, Bestaff has managed to pull off a unique option that looks as at home in the field as it does on the bike.
Made with vegetable-tanned lambskin leather that’s more eco-friendly than leather crafted with chemical methods, this jacket offers four snap-closure pockets and an adjustable back and cuffs for a truly custom fit. Wear it over an all-black ensemble paired with Chelsea boots to look as confident as you feel.
A beauty to behold, you can’t get more classic than this Italian-made Leather Bomber Jacket. Supple, shiny leather in an inky black color comes together with a two-way zip closure in the front. An overall roomy fit is reigned in by a ribbed collar, a ribbed hem, and ribbed cuffs, which also do a great job of keeping out any wind or rain.
Simply in its design, this leather bomber is infinitely wearable. Throw it on over a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, or dress it up with a sweater and chinos for a dinner date. No matter which way you wear it, you can be confident that its classic style will stay relevant for years to come, making it an excellent investment piece to enjoy and pass on.
Located in the flight jacket category — known for its tighter cuffs, cropped adjustable waist, and high collar — the natural pebble-textured cowhide of the Schott NYC Lightweight Flight Jacket immediately reads luxe, while the ribbed knit waist and collar proudly nod to its aviation inspiration.
Dual entry pockets with flaps and snaps keep everything you need to carry in place as the snap-fly front zips up to conceal a cotton-lined interior with a quintessentially autumnal plaid pattern. This looker is built with a bi-swing back, adding a bit more of a boxy structure than you’d find in a biker or a racer jacket.
It’s tough to find a Taylor Stitch piece that isn’t amazing — so it’s no surprise that the brand’s Cuyama Jacket takes the prize for most buttery-smooth and beautiful. Built from a full-grain cowhide leather, this jacket develops a natural patina as it wears, becoming like a second skin over time. On the interior, a cotton twill contrasts with the coats bold cognac color, while natural corozo buttons add a touch of monochromatic cool.
Under the collar and cuffs, a corduroy lining ensures neck and wrist comfort and hidden collar stay snaps keep it firmly in place. To top it all off, the coat’s refined styling, attention to detail, and enviable collar mean it can work well anywhere from the bar to the boardroom.
Leave it to the Japanese to create a leather biker jacket better than most American-made versions. This iteration is cut from hard-wearing, sturdy navy leather and sports a streamlined, super-slim fit typical of the East Asian moto scene. Offsetting the rich, dark color, the front closure sports a gold zipper and collared lapes. A set of zippers at the back of the sleeves afford the wearer a bit of customization when it comes to fit, while a single-sleeve pocket keeps your license and registration within arm’s reach.
You don’t have to be a biker to appreciate the jacket’s four flap pockets. They’re perfect for holding onto car keys or wallets. And, for those worried about wind, the quilted lining means you’ll stay warm even when the weather turns.
Cockpit USA consistently delivers excellent throwback design — and its Vintage Leather Naval Officer’s Coat is no exception. Harkening back to the hard-wearing leather version of naval pea coats, this topper hits below the hip. It also sports specially-treated goatskin leather that is lined with the brand’s signature emblem fabric. Double-breasted with military spec buttons, the coat offers an air of authority to the wearer while also helping to withstand the elements.
Its wide lapels can be popped to keep out the wind, while two side-entry pockets keep your hands warm. Two additional front flap pockets also provide storage for your not-so-classified documents. American made, the Naval Officer’s Coat is an exceptional piece of craftsmanship you’ll be pleased to have for decades to come.
Embrace the brash with this brown leather moto jacket that doubles down on its unique design. Bold burgundy trim and crimped, accordion patches and inserts at the shoulders and sides add an attractive texture and shape to the jacket. They also positively impact the utility of the jacket by offering a greater range of motion than a traditional leather shoulder seam.
With that same combination of practicality and style in mind, the four burgundy-trimmed zip pockets allow for plenty of storage. A snap collar closes tight for when you’re ready to ride, while a mesh lining keeps you cool when things get hot. And a standard fit means it’s accessible to body types across the board.
How to make your leather piece last for years
If some of the prices on this list cause you to reconsider your decision to buy a leather jacket, there’s a reason high-quality leather jacket options run into the hundreds and thousands of dollars. It primarily has to do with how leather is created.
First, a cow or sheep must be raised — a process that takes at least a year. After harvesting the animal and cleaning its hide, the tanning process, which is the procedure by which leather is changed from skin to the material we know and love, begins. This can take up to a month or more if using a vegetable dye process. From there, the leather must be cut and sewn into a jacket.
All of these steps take an intensive amount of time and resources, which equals a higher price tag. But the good news is, thanks to leather’s enduring strength and style, you won’t need to buy more than one in your life — unless you want to.
And the way to make leather last a lifetime? Proper care.
Unlike your favorite leather boots, a leather jacket isn’t typically dragged through the mud and banged against rocks, so you’re likely not going to see scrapes or abrasions. For light soiling, simply grab a barely-damp rag and wipe the jacket’s exterior. Allow it to dry. If soiling is deep, there are special leather cleaning products, such as saddlesoap, that can help provide a deeper clean.
It’s also a good idea to give your jacket a needed dose of moisture every year or so. Do this by lightly applying a leather conditioner and then removing any excess. If you find your jacket has totally dried out, is stained, or is otherwise in severe disrepair, seek the guidance of a leather repair professional. Taking these simple steps will ensure your jacket looks and wears well for decades to come.